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      Intro to the NASM CPT Study Materials

      My Bitmoji counterpart will be walking you through the NASM study guide to make sure that you are on track for passing the NASM exam. Say hello to Tyler-Moji.
      Your Guide for NASM

      If you are undecided on which personal trainer certification to choose, I suggest you take the quiz to find out which Cert is the best fit for you.

      This study guide covers the most recent volume of the textbook: NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training 6th Edition.

      This page contains links to the study guide for each chapter in the NASM textbook, a NASM practice test as well as a full NASM flashcards bundle.

      On top of this, each individual chapter has it’s own practice quiz and its own NASM flashcard study bundle for that particular chapter. I also have a full ACE CPT study guide/practice test. Let’s get studying! 🤓

      Top 10 secrets for passing the NASM CPT Exam (Video)

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      FREE NASM CPT study guide: 7th and 6th Edition 2021

      There are two current valid versions to use for studying. The newest edition is the 7th in 2021. This is the one you are using if you are logged on to the NASM study portal. The 6th edition, while dated, is still valid for use with the exam. We have separate guides, so make sure to choose the one that coincides with your book.

      NASM study guide

      NASM 7th Edition CPT Study Guide

      NASM 6th Edition Study Guide

      FREE NASM Practice Test: 7th Edition 2021

      NASM Practice Test

      This test is formatted the same way as the real test, with the questions (and their relative % on the test) coming from the following sections.

      The Sixth Edition is broken up in this order:

      • Domain 1: Basic and applied sciences in nutritional concepts (15%)
      • Domain 2: Assessment (16%)
      • Domain 3: Program design (20%)
      • Domain 4: Exercise technique and training instruction (24%)
      • Domain 5: Client relations in behavioral coaching (15%)
      • Domain 6: Professional development and responsibility (10%)

      The Seventh Edition is broken up in this order:

      • Domain 1: Professional development and responsibility (10%)
      • Domain 2: Client relations in behavioral coaching (15%)
      • Domain 3: Basic and applied sciences in nutritional concepts (15%)
      • Domain 4: Assessment (16%)
      • Domain 5: Exercise technique and training instruction (24%)
      • Domain 6: Program design (20%)

      NASM Practice Tests Answers below ⬇️ (Don’t Peek Until After!) 🙄

      NASM Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 1-30)

      Q1: When the body is trying to regulate its temperature correctly, which sensory receptors does it rely on?
      A1: Thermoreceptors

      Q2: What is the main characteristic of motor (efferent) neurons?
      A2: They stimulate muscle contraction and create movement

      Q3: Which of the following is not one of the 3 major muscle types in the Human body?
      A3: Striated

      Q4: Within the muscle, where does the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place?
      A4: Within the capillaries

      Q5: If there is not enough oxygen when sprinting or when first beginning to exercise, which of the following is created?
      A5: Lactic acid

      Q6: Shoulder abduction is a result of the force-coupling between which muscles?
      A6: Deltoid and rotator cuff

      Q7: All of the following motions occur in the sagittal plane except:
      A7: Side bends

      Q8: Which of the following initiates the electrical impulses that determine the heart rate?
      A8: Sinoatrial (SA) node

      Q9: Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?
      A9: Slow to fatigue

      Q10: During a biceps curl, the triceps brachii would be considered what type of mover?
      A10: Antagonist

      Q11: Which of the following is not a characteristic of Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers?
      A11: Slow to fatigue

      Q12: In upper crossed syndrome, all of the following are overactive muscles in the head and neck except:
      A12: Deep cervical flexors

      Q13: What position does wearing shoes with a high heel put the ankle in?
      A13: A plantar flexed position

      Q14: In what two ways should a fitness professional observe a client’s posture and alignment patterns?
      A14: Statically and dynamically

      Q15: Which of the following is not a kinetic chain checkpoint term?
      A15: Core

      Q16: Which of the following assessments would be most appropriate for an obese individual?
      A16: Rockport walk test

      Q17: Which of the following is considered a best practice for a personal trainer?
      A17: Screen a client for exercise limitations

      Q18: Which movement compensation might occur during an overhead squat assessment?
      A18: Excessive forward lean

      Q19: Which of the following considerations applies to a fitness professional seeking employment at a large-scale commercial fitness club?
      A19: Focusing on sales

      Q20: What might upper extremity exercise result in for an individual with lung disease?
      A20: Onset of dyspnea earlier than usual

      Q21: All of the following are causes of restrictive lung disease except:
      A21: Asthma

      Q22: All of the following flexibility exercises are recommended for pregnant women except:
      A22: Dynamic stretching

      Q23: Which of the following populations should avoid the Valsalva maneuver?
      A23: Individuals with hypertension

      Q24: What is autogenic inhibition?
      A24: A process where tension impulses are greater than contraction impulses, leading to relaxation of the muscle

      Q25: Clients seeking strength gains should primarily exercise in what cardiorespiratory zone?
      A25: Zone 2

      Q26: Which of the following is not a primary muscle of the global stabilization system?
      A26: Latissimus dorsi

      Q27: What makes “multiplanar single-leg box hop-down with stabilization” a balance-power exercise?
      A27: It utilizes multiple planes of motion and requires force production followed by stabilization

      Q28: What type of contraction do quick, powerful movements, such as those found during reactive training, involve first?
      A28: Eccentric contraction

      Q29: According to the principle of adaptation, which of the following is true?
      A29: Adaptation manifests as the primary goal of exercise programs

      Q30: When using the light-to-heavy system training protocol, about how many sets are in an exercise?
      A30: 4 to 6 sets

      NASM Practice Exam Answer Key (Questions 31-60)

      Q31: What is another term for the preparatory period in a traditional periodization model?
      A31: Anatomic adaptation

      Q32: How many different core training movements should be used in each training session of Phase 1?
      A32: 1-4 core-stabilization movements

      Q33: What is the repetition range in the stabilization endurance phase of the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model?
      A33: 12-20 repetitions

      Q34: Which type of resistance exercises are specific to Phase 2?
      A34: Supersets with stabilization

      Q35: What kind of flexibility work should be used in Phase 4?
      A35: SMR and active flexibility with 1-2 sets of 5-10 repetitions with 1-2 second holds

      Q36: Which of the following is an example of a multi-joint exercise in the stabilization level?
      A36: Standing overhead press

      Q37: If an individual is performing self-myofascial release (SMR), what is the minimum amount of time to sustain pressure on a tender spot?
      A37: 30 seconds

      Q38: In pronation distortion syndrome, which of the following altered joint mechanics is present?
      A38: Increased knee adduction

      Q39: Which of the following is a concern during the ball crunch exercise?
      A39: Tilting the chin up toward the ceiling

      Q40: All of the following are acute variables for balance-stabilization training except:
      A40: Intensity

      Q41: Reactive training enhances all of the following neuromuscular responses except:
      A41: Joint stability

      Q42: Which of the following best describes quickness?
      A42: The ability to react with velocity to a stimulus and appropriately change the motion of the body

      Q43: Which of the following dictates the mechanical specificity of the training protocol for a client?
      A43: A client’s fitness goals and physical capabilities

      Q44: Which of the following is an example of a closed-chain exercise?
      A44: Push-up

      Q45: Which of the following is an advantage of strength machines?
      A45: They provide various intensities in one weight stack

      Q46: Which of the following is an advantage of using free weights?
      A46: They allow clients to move in multiple planes of motion

      Q47: Which of the following is the correct name of the training system in which an individual performs one set of each exercise?
      A47: Single-set system

      Q48: Balance is influenced by all of the following factors except:
      A48: Weight

      Q49: Which of the following is a total body stabilization exercise?
      A49: Ball squat, curl to press

      Q50: Which of the following bestdescribes instrumental support?
      A50: Individuals or groups that remove tangible barriers to exercise, such as transportation

      Q51: Why is it important to review previous exercise experience with clients?
      A51: It helps the trainer identify successful approaches to exercise

      Q52: How does exercise promote a positive mood?
      A52: Exercise can trigger endorphin release

      Q53: Which of the following is an example of emotional support?
      A53: Praising a client for showing up and working hard

      Q54: In which stage of the Stages of Change model would it be beneficial for a client to build a social support network?
      A54: Preparation

      Q55: If a client states that they want to win a step competition among their peer group, what type of goal is that?
      A55: Product goal

      Q56: Which is the primary reason that certification is an important component of becoming a personal trainer?
      A56: A certification indicates knowledge of proper assessment and instruction for safe and effective workouts

      Q57: Which of the following marketing P’s refers to the communication information about a product or service?
      A57: Promotion

      Q58: Which of the following is a major reason why a sale does not close?
      A58: The product/service did not have enough value

      Q59: Why is an accredited certification the ideal education option for an aspiring fitness professional?
      A59: Certification with accreditation from a third party is required by most gyms and health clubs

      Q60: If emotions such as anxiety or depression become debilitating to a client, what should the fitness professional do?
      A60: Refer the client to a licensed psychologist or healthcare professional

      NASM Flashcards for 6th Edition Textbook

      NASM Flashcards

      The NASM flashcards below contains 130 flashcards from all 20 chapters of the free NASM study guide above. You can either study them right off the bat or come back to them after you have finished all 20 chapters of the study guide. If you would like to study flashcards for a particular chapter, go to that particular chapters study guide (links above) and you will find flashcards at the bottom of each chapter.

      NASM study tips

      NASM study tips

      The NASM study guide on this page is meant to complement the full sixth or seventh edition textbook from NASM. It is not meant to be studied by itself without the primary textbook and I provide specific references to tables/specific pages of the textbook throughout the guide to point you in the right direction for studying. To download the tips from the video above in PDF form, click here.

      If you are still are not sure whether or not NASM is the right certification for you, I recommend Take the quiz to find which certification best fits your training style.

      Another NASM Study Guide

      The NASM study guide that I have on this page is a great place to start while studying for the National Academy of sports medicine exam. That being said, this study guide does not really pinpoint exactly what you need to study in order to pass the NASM exam. It basically goes over everything, but in general, is slightly disorganized compared to other high-grade study guides out there. If you want a study guide that points out exactly what is needed to pass the exam, I suggest checking out the Trainer Academy study guide. Check out my review on Trainer Academy right here.

      More NASM Practice Tests

      The NASM practice test on this page only includes 50 questions and answers. If you want to get a full grasp of all of the possible questions that can be asked on the exam, I suggest picking up additional practice tests as well. These are incredibly important because they really let you know if you are fully prepared to take the real final exam. I know tons of students I have failed income to me asking me why. The biggest reason is that they did not take enough practice exams in order to gauge if they were really prepared or not. I suggest the Trainer Academy practice tests as they let you know which chapters/domains you are doing good or bad in and they have over 800 questions in total.

      NASM Smart Flashcards

      Using smart flashcards or spaced repetition flashcards are one of the biggest tips I have to my students that are studying for NASM. Spaced repetition flashcards are basically flashcards that use an algorithm in order to show you the most important cards for you. That system works like this: The intelligent flashcards learn which cards are difficult for you as well as which cards are hard for you to memorize. It will then repeatedly show you the difficult cards until they become easier and easier. On the other hand, easy cards will be shown less and less because you already have them memorized. This is a huge timesaver overall and will dramatically decrease the overall study time for the NASM exam.

      NASM Memorization Mnemonics

      Fun, interesting and memorable mnemonics are one of the other great NASM study tips I have for my students. Memorizing difficult topics such as the overhead squat assessment can be extremely tiresome and difficult to memorize. Creating interesting and fun mnemonics is the best way to go about memorizing these difficult concepts. Is especially very helpful for the underactive and overactive muscles of the postural assessments. If you are going to create these mnemonics yourselves, try to make them as weird as you possibly can. The weirder the better!

      If you want a NASM pass guarantee, check out the team over at Trainer Academy. They offer study material such as a fantastic study guide, five full practice tests, spaced repetition flashcards study, study mnemonics, muscle coloring books, Study blueprints, and study cheat sheets.

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